Forests and forests of waste

As I left my apartment this morn, I spied 5 or 6 plastic bags sitting on the stoop, each containing a two gargantuan phone books, one yellow, one white. There was a third skinnier book, but probably equally as useless, because really, when’s the last time you actually looked up someone or something in a phone book rather than typing into / google / other search engine, or dialing 411 for that matter? It just struck me as a massive waste of paper (and plastic) as I walked down the block and saw dozens and dozens of these bags parked at the bottom steps of all the apartment buildings. I remember these packs being distributed a few months back & never taking one–one day they all disappeared (just the landlord cleaning up?). Would it be too much to hope that Verizon has a recycling crew would comes thru and gathers the uncollected books later in the week? Alas…most likely not.

4 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    I will occasionally look up things in the printed yellow pages not often but I do use it.

  2. AG (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    i guess they also make good paperweights or provide an extra couple inches if the step stool doesn’t quite reach

  3. Marisa (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    My apartment building leaves the phone books by our front doors. I always immediately pick them up and walk them down to the recycling room, because I don’t see the point in storing something I’m never going to use.

  4. AG (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

    i want a recycling room in my building!!!

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